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Jan 12, 2013 12:35am PST
news sampling found that more than half of the low-cal meals we tested had more calories than listed on the menu. we gathered food under the direction of a nationally known lab, sent producers to three cities where major chains list their calorie counts on the menu. we collected the food as directed, never touching it with our hands, froze it, and sent it to the lab in florida for analysis. >> the samples were taken under chain of custody. >> reporter: 24 food samples from restaurants and one mcdonald's. >> when they arrived at the laboratory, they were frozen in dried ice. >> reporter: the food was stored until each could be tested for its calorie count. then the food chemist put each food into a big blender. >> basically, you put the entire contest into one blend. now we can see the difference from where we started. it's just one smooth paste. all the ingredients are blended together. >> reporter: the results were surprising. mcdonald's did the best. both the big mac meal and the premium chicken sandwich tested 30 calories below the menu count. but the sit-down restaurants had resu
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